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BEN WILLIAMS — The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s regular term ended Friday, June 30, 2017, and the nine lifetime Justices began their summer recesses. A vacant seat and a perceived 4-4 ideological split clouded expectations in October when the court term began.  Six months into the session, Justice Gorsuch joined the bench in a televised swearing-in ceremony conducted by swing-vote Justice Kennedy at the ...

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Legal time spent on religious freedom bill racking up

By BOBBY HARRISON A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood said his office has spent more than 400 hours defending House Bill 1523, which allows government officials and businesses not to provide services for same-sex weddings. The legislation, passed during the 2016 session, was struck down recently by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves for the Southern District of Mississippi. Hood ...

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US judge to hear arguments Monday over Mississippi LGBT law

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday over challenges to a Mississippi law that could restrict access to same-sex marriage. House Bill 1523 will become law July 1 unless it is blocked by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. Four lawsuits say the measure is unconstitutional. They contend it denies equal protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They ...

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Feds unlikely to ignore Mississippi’s HB1523, lawyers say

Mississippi’s ‘Freedom of Conscience’ law needs time to ripen, they say U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch early this month unloaded on North Carolina’s “transgender bathroom law” with a seldom-seen passion and a lawsuit to boot. She compared North Carolina’s reaction to the legal and political gains of gays, lesbians and transgender people to the anger that followed President Lincoln’s Emancipation ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Needed — Politicians who live Biblical principles

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is right. We need more political leaders who “believe in and live biblical principles.” “If we don’t do this we are going to lose our country,” said Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham. He delivered his message last week at a prayer rally at the State Capitol in Jackson.   That “live” part is ...

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FOREST THIGPEN — The truth about the Freedom of Conscience bill

If all the things being said by the opponents of HB 1523 were true, I would be against it as well. But they are not. Some opponents of the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” make the outlandish assertion that this bill would allow a person to be “refused service at a restaurant, not allowed to shop at ...

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(UPDATED) RAY MOSBY — The image in the mirror, Mississippi Burning

  “The past is not dead. It’s not even past.” — William Faulkner ROLLING FORK — “Mississippi Burning,” meet “Mississippi Shunning.” One we can watch via Netflix or on cable channels; the other we can watch play out before our very eyes. Neither is pretty. The first thing to say about the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,  passed ...

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